- Posted January 23, 2013 by
Australian Open Blunder
After one of the most anticipated games in the Australian Open quarterfinals -- Sloane Stephens versus Serena Williams -- resulted in a surprising victory for the nineteen year old Sloane, ESPN2 (who has provided coverage throughout the event) appeared to have missed the memo regarding the victor. After an emotional speech was made by the triumphant Sloane, a speech that was aired live, ESPN2 provided viewers with a tournament board of the anticipated competitors in the 2013 Australian Open Semifinals, incorrectly reporting Serena as advancing in the competition. Although the error may be easily attributed to an administrative error, it may also be argued that our trusted news coverage of sporting events may be tainted by a disregard for the competitive underdog in favor of whom viewers expect to win. Was ESPN's incorrect report of Serena Williams' triump over Sloane Stephens an innocent error, or an example of speculative reporting proven wrong??? YOU decide!!!